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Official 2022 Flyertalk Secret Santa Extravaganza Thread - 20th Year Anniversary!

Official 2022 Flyertalk Secret Santa Extravaganza Thread - 20th Year Anniversary!

Old Aug 30, 22, 8:12 am
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Official 2022 Flyertalk Secret Santa Extravaganza Thread - 20th Year Anniversary!

Official 2022 Secret Santa Thread!
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IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR FLYERTALKERS!


Greetings from your Flyertalk Secret Santa coordinator William (wharvey).

I am stepping forward for YEAR 20 of this event for the Flyertalk community. Hard to believe this tradition has continued for so long. I hope the community appreciates this experience. While I no longer personally participate in FT Secret Santa gift exchanges, this is my small way to return something to this tremendous community! I appreciate hearing about the gifts exchanges and the friendships established as a result of this event.

This is the official thread for the 2022 Secret Santa Extravaganza. Any questions or comments should be limited to this thread or private messaged to me and no other threads should be started. Any private messages sent to me should have a subject of : <insert your FT handle> Secret Santa 2022. (and yes, you should replace “your FT handle” with your ACTUAL handle; that was an issue for some the last few years!) [img]file:///C:/Users/whhar/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/img]

I hope many of you choose to participate in this years’ event. I would love to have lots of new faces joining in the festivities. Take the challenge to "recruit" one new FTer to join in the festivities this year! After you sign up, you will get the Santa icon in your profile to show that you are part of the festivities! Feel free to link your Signature to this thread!

While you are thinking about what to get for your FT "friend", consider also purchasing a gift for a child or making a donation to your favorite charity. Please do not use your Secret Santa gift as your donation.

Below are the rules for the 2022 Secret Santa event:

1. Any questions on the Secret Santa process should be directed to me via this thread or via private message (please do not use email). Subject should always be: <insert your FT handle> Secret Santa 2022. (and yes, you should replace “your FT handle” with your ACTUAL handle) [img]file:///C:/Users/whhar/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.gif[/img] I plan to respond through the PM system so make sure you have enabled that feature if you want to participate. I also recommend that you set up automatic email notification of messages.

2. The expected minimum on your gift purchase is $50 USD and does NOT include shipping, tracking and packaging costs. Of course, I am sure no one will mind gifts of higher value or certain paper from airlines and hotels that are "priceless". I expect your gift to meet the $50 USD minimum. I do not enjoy dealing with members who get “cheated”. Again, this minimum is exclusive of shipping and packaging costs. Also, plan to send something personal to people; NOT donations on their behalf to a charity organization. This should be a minimum of $50 out-of-pocket; NOT a $50 item you got on clearance for $10! Please keep any receipts proving you met the minimum so we do not have an issue.

CONTINUED FROM LAST SEVENTEEN SEASONS: If you are interested, you may volunteer to be a Secret Santa for up to five different Flyertalkers. If you sign up for one, two or five... it means you will also have one, two or five FTers with your name... UNDERSTAND, there is no guarantee for you to be assigned more than one person. Santa reserves final decision rights on this plan!! I also reserve the right to limit participation based on FT tenure or problems in years past. You may not receive all assignments at the same time. Be patient! Exception: Due to some problems in the past... if this is your first time participating, you can only sign up for one Santa. You may request additional assignment once your original Santa has confirmed receipt of their gift from you.

This is my 20TH year of running Secret Santa. While my memory and files are good, know that it is probable you may get someone again that you had before… I try to cross check… but too many people are involved to be 100% perfect. Feel free to tell me that info if you remember... [img]file:///C:/Users/whhar/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/img]

CONTINUED BY POPULAR DEMAND: Ever wished you got a specific person as your Secret person to gift? Now is your chance. Again this year, you can "request" particular individuals you would like to get assigned to you for your gift buying. No guarantee... but I will do my best.

3. Secret Santas have the option of remaining anonymous. I will not disclose names nor addresses of anyone who participates to anyone other than their Secret Santa. I expect that any information you receive from me will not be shared with anyone else.

4. The coordinator assumes no responsibility for delivery or non-delivery of gifts. I want this to be fun and hope that everyone who participates will have fun and get into the holiday spirit. Understand, however, that failure to deliver will result in your being denied participation in future years. I highly recommend that you "track" your gifts so we do not have issues of people saying they do not receive gifts you say you shipped. There are several FT members on Santa’s bad FTer list for failing to deliver gifts in the past even though they received gifts… so they will not be allowed to participate this year. In addition, delivering gifts more than 6 months after the holiday does not count as delivering. This has happened in the past, even to me. Everyone has a right to expect a gift during the holiday season. If you cannot commit to this, do not participate. I also highly recommend that you include a delivery verification mechanism when you ship, that takes care of a lot of problems we have had in the past. Understand, failure to fulfill your commitment will result in your suspension from Flyertalk.

5. You must be registered on Flyertalk.com at the time you send your private message. IF you are a lurker, you must register on Flyertalk.com before becoming a Secret Santa participant. You may also want to click and post in one of the "Who We Are" threads and introduce yourself to the Flyertalk Community and give your Santa some clues. In addition, you must have Private Messaging enabled, I do not plan to communicate via email.

6. Deadline to participate is November 12th, 2022 at 5 pm Georgia USA time. If you wish to participate, you MUST send a PRIVATE MESSAGE to me through the FT system. Subject Line: <insert your FT handle> Secret Santa 2022. For example, it should say "wharvey Secret Santa 2021” where you replace "wharvey" with your FT handle. In this private message, you must provide the following information and PLEASE answer the questions in the order provided below as that will help me input the data into my tracking documents. In fact, please just copy the questions below into the private message window and answer the questions. I make no promises of anyone getting into the process if they miss this date and do not follow the process as detailed.

a. Your full name (first and last name):




b. Your FULL mailing address for your gift. This address should be one where you can receive a package in November/December.



c. Your email address (must be verifiable):



d. Your phone number:



e. Your Flyertalk handle:



f. Is this your first time participating in Secret Santa?:



g. Your Gender and Age (if you are willing to disclose):



h. Maximum number of times you wish to participate: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5):



i. Specific FTer (if any) you would like to buy a gift for this year:



j. Some facts about yourself that might help your Secret Santa shop for your gift. Please make sure they are helpful hints... (DO not be shy... is there something particular you would like to get? Also be as specific as possible.)



k. A "Yes" or "No" as to whether or not you are willing to send a gift outside your country. If you say “No”, realize that you may limit your assignments or not get one at all.



l. Any special customs information your Santa needs to know to minimize issues/costs in the gift giving process?



AGAIN, please help Santa out by using the SUBJECT LINE as requested.

If I receive enough participants early on, I may go ahead and match up members so you can get a head start on your gift buying. I would then provide a second match-up after the November 16th deadline. Santa has to get his rest in before the mad rush of the holiday season!

Please be sure to read Santa updates throughout this thread!!! I also encourage you to have fun and post in this thread often... tell us what you have gotten in the past, the fun you are having buying, anything related to this holiday event! I also expect you to post descriptions/pics of your gifts in this thread when you receive your gifts. That helps your giver know you received their gift.

I am glad to step forward again this year and be your Secret Santa coordinator and hope you find it to be another wonderful experience of this great Flyertalk community.

NOTE: Do make sure you check in on this thread often... Santa announcements often get made here... and I do not want you to miss any of the updates! I recommend you subscribe to this thread.

William

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Old Aug 30, 22, 8:12 am
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This post will list all members who have submitted proper information for inclusion in Secret Santa and number of assignments

A321neo - 4
Ahopkins767 - 5
Angeloedades - 1
Antonio8069 - 1
Bootshick - 1
Bravada - 1
Canforce - 1
CDTraveler - 1
Charuzard - 1
Chris2013 - 1
CPH-Flyer - 3
Cubsfan312 - 3
Cwkc - 3
Dadgummit - 1
Dark Blue - 2
DCStudent - 2
Debonair58 - 1
Dibby - 2
Diburning - 2
Doc4Science - 1
Dreaamliner - 2
Fishccy - 2
Fluffymitten - 3
Flyingcow - 4
FSUJ25 - 1
Gallus1 - 1
Gormless - 1
Holmedown - 4
Hwgeeks - 3
IAD_flyer - 1
Jamesteroh - 5
John C Wisconsin - 3
Joshua362 - 6
JSDS - 1
Kipper - 6
Ladywrites - 3
Lastcallfordeparture - 1
LCSinTexas - 1
MDBE - 6
Miko2a - 3
Nancypants - 5
Navi_Jen - 5
Nexus7556 - 1
Pandasopink - 2
Redhead - 5
Runner123 - 3
Samaryatim - 5
Sammyindc - 3
Samosa - 4
Sandratravels - 2
SDQBound - 2
Shutterbugguy - 2
Steveman518 - 5
SuperG1955 - 1
Tcl - 1
Tdnpf - 4
Tokyofoodie - 5
UTPharmdoc - 4
Wakesetter93 - 2
Worldwidedreamer - 2
Wutlol - 1
Zoefish - 1

This list was last updated on 11/12/2022 at 05:00 pm
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Old Aug 30, 22, 8:17 am
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Old Aug 31, 22, 1:41 pm
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I saw the trees at Costco the other day, I knew this wasn't too far behind. Here's to 20 years of Fa la la la la!
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Old Sep 7, 22, 3:16 pm
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woohoo! here we go!
also beat Kipper to the thread
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Old Sep 13, 22, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by steveman518 View Post
woohoo! here we go!
also beat Kipper to the thread
I've had some non-FT things going on, so I'm late in catching up on this.
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Old Sep 19, 22, 8:26 am
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Seems weird to be posting this in September, but I'm in!
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Old Sep 19, 22, 9:38 am
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Woot! I think this is year 12 or so for me!
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Old Sep 19, 22, 9:58 am
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Woot! I think this is year 12 or so for me!
I finally got my gift from you last year hung in my new office!
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Old Sep 19, 22, 7:13 pm
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Woot! I think this is year 12 or so for me!
I *think* this is something like year 18 for me. Is anyone surprised by this?
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Old Sep 20, 22, 8:24 am
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Nice. I'm in too, I'm thinking maybe year 12 for me. 18 out of 20 is very impressive!

Looking forward to the giving aspects of the tradition, if you play, POST PICTURES.
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Old Sep 21, 22, 3:14 am
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I'll be back again, after a brief break away. Thanks for herding the cats once again.
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Old Sep 21, 22, 5:12 am
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I will be in. Hoping last years covid related mail delays will not recur!!
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2nd time to participate for me

I really loved my gift from a few years ago.
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I think I said 5 people, not 3.
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